The Davenport Police Department and others in the community are mourning the loss of Sergeant Kevin Marxen.
Here's why his colleagues, and friends say his dedication and 36 years of service will live on, even after his death.
The sudden death of Sergeant Marxen came as a shock to everyone at the Davenport Police Department.
And they say he will be deeply missed.
"Every time you part ways with somebody, you never know if that's going to be the last time you speak to them," said Chief Frank Donchez, Davenport PD.
Just before 3PM Tuesday, Donchez said Sgt. Marxen stopped by the afternoon meeting, wishing everyone a safe day on the job, before going on one of his routine runs.
Minutes later, Sgt. Marxen was found laying on the Centennial Bridge walkway.
He collapsed from an apparent heart attack, and died shortly after.
"When something like that happens, it just comes as such a surprise," Chief Donchez.
Heavy hearts at the department wore black bands around their badges.
"It's showing we're mourning the loss of a brother."
Chief Donchez said Marxen wore his badge 505 with pride and passion while fighting crime on the emergency service task force.
"That's a dangerous job being part of the emergency services team, he survived over 700 operations and did them well, and it's ashamed to lose somebody so dedicated."
"I'm sitting with the mayor and city administrator. It hit me hard. He exemplifies what a police officer should be," said an emotional 4th ward Alderman Ray Ambrose, a close friend of Sgt. Marxen, acknowledging he touched the lives of thousands in the community.
"Because of Kevin who reached out and touch people, especially a lot of the youth in our community was able to have a very positive affect and keep them on the right track of life, and many of them have turned out to be great citizens in our community and nation, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
A void now left in the department, but also left behind, is his legacy.
"Kevin would want to know that moving forward, he has made a difference. He has made an impact. The training, coaching, and mentoring that he did to all of these officers will keep them safe into the future. I don't think you could ask for more than that," said Donchez.
Sgt. Marxen, affectionately known by officers as ‘Rudy,' named after the inspirational Notre Dame football walk on passed away at age 57.
His visitation is Sunday from 1 to 5 at Halligan-McCabe-Devries Funeral Home in Davenport.
His funeral is Monday at 10 am at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Davenport.
A shocking loss for the Davenport Police Department.
One of their own: Sergeant Kevin Marxen died unexpectedly.
Sgt. Marxen was a 36 year veteran, and 2nd shift patrol supervisor of the Davenport Police Department.
He passed away Tuesday afternoon on his day off.
Just before 3pm, police said Marxen stopped by the 2nd shift's afternoon meeting, wishing everyone a safe day at work, and went off on one of his routine runs.
Minutes later, a call came in to the Scott County Emergency Communication Center, about a person laying on the Centennial Bridge walkway.
It was Marxen, who collapsed from an apparent heart attack.
Police Chief Frank Donchez said he was notified right away.
Marxen was taken to the hospital.
The chief didn't realize the severity of it, until the news came, that doctors were unable to revive him.
"He poked his head in and said hey, I'm going for my run and so it does make you think that every time you part ways with somebody, you just never know if that's going to be the last time you speak to them," said Chief Donchez.
Retired Captain Dave Struckman expressed that this is huge loss to the department by saying, 'He was the kind of guy that 125 percent of the time gave 150 percent.
Coming up tonight on Ten at 10, hear about some of his accomplishments over his 36 years of service, and why his friends say he's leaving behind a legacy.
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